Owen Farrell England fined for response to All Blacks’ haka at World Cup

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November 02, 2019 11:16:37

England has been fined for its response to the haka before last Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over New Zealand in Yokohama.

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  • England was handed an undisclosed fine for advancing “beyond the halfway line” when the All Blacks performed the haka
  • World Rugby dished out the punishment despite its social media channels excitedly promoting England’s response
  • English media figures have labelled the decision “pathetic” and described World Rugby as a “joke”

The England squad fanned out across the pitch in a V-formation as the All Blacks delivered their traditional challenge, with several English players who crossed the halfway line standing their ground when match officials tried to usher them back.

World Rugby regulations stipulate opponents must not cross the halfway line while the haka is being performed. It did not disclose the size of the fine, which is to be donated to c

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